Rare very old large antique Bezoar apothecary cabinet pharmacist 18th 19th ctSee original listing
10 Aug, 2012 12:05:00 BST
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Delft, zuid-holland, Netherlands
100% original antique bezoar. it was collected by someone who had a t from an old apothecary collection. the holder was probally made for display pupose in the 19th ct. fitted in gilded brass. heigh aprox 23 cm base is 15 cm wide. Bezoar is 12 cm height. large ball. great collectable. BOUGHT WITH BUT IT NOW PAYS NO SHIPPING COST.
At the back old wax seal label of the the haque city apothec .
total hight with base is 23 cm.
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Read what i found on the internet just under here about the museum piece:
A bezoar from an ox
You may feel that you know all you need to know about hairballs, but the National Museum of Health and Medicine, in Washington, DC, unpacked what curators described as the "myths and realities" of the objects in a temporary exhibit this week, created in honor of National Hairball Awareness Day. (The holiday fell on Monday, but I've been slow to assimilate it into my calendar.)
Did you know, for example, that not only cats but also humans, chickens and, in particular, cud-chewing animals are susceptible to hairballs, also known as trichobezoars? A bezoar, pronounced "BEE-zor," is a more general term for an undigestible mass.
"'Bezoar' is a Persian word that means 'protection from poison,'" explains the online version of the museum exhibit,
because bezoars were believed to be a universal antidote against poisoning. Bezoars from wild goats, antelopes, and other cud-chewing animals of Persia were introduced to Europe in the 11th century where they were popular in medicinal remedies until the 18 century. In China, ground-up cow bezoars have been used as medicine for more than 2,000 years, particularly to treat diseases of the mouth.
The museum has 27 veterinary and 3 human hairballs, according to its sprightly unofficial blog A Repository for Bottled Monsters, and several will be on display through Sunday. ("And, we'll even let you hold one!") If you choose to take the virtual tour, be forewarned that the further down you scroll, the stronger the stomach you'll need (as it were).
(Photo: National Museum of Health and Medicine)
Also read this:
mucosa of the stomach, and most of these human bezoars (also known as Trichobezoars) can only be removed by open surgery.
The word bezoar comes from a Persian word meaning literally, Protection from Poison. Cups were made with the stones set inside, and smaller stones were worn around the neck, at the ready to be dipped into suspicious cocktails. But the bezoar stone is unlike other poison protectors of the day, in that, sometimes, it actually worked.
If the poison administered was that most common of poisons, arsenic, and you were lucky enough to have your lucky bezoar stone around your neck, the stone could remove the arsenic. From Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Society, via Cabinet of Wonders:
“http://curiousexpeditions.org.nyud.net/;Modern examinations of the properties of bezoars by Gustaf Arrhenius and Andrew A. Benson of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography have shown that they could, when immersed in an arsenic-laced solution, remove the poison. The toxic compounds in arsenic are arsenate and arsenite. Each is acted upon differently, but effectively, by bezoar stones. Arsenate is removed by being exchanged for phosphate in the mineral brushite, a crystalline structure found in the stones. Arsenite is found to bond to sulfur compounds in the protein of degraded hair, which is a key component in bezoars.”http://curiousexpeditions.org.nyud.net/;
Sometimes, every so often, the mysterious magic of yesterday turns out to be true, although the explanation changes-from magic to science-which really can be a truly magical thing.
Come to this small, under appreciated museum for the bezoar, and stay for the Victorian taxidermy, curiosities (like the four-footed chick in a jar next to the bezoar stone above), wet specimens, and lovely wunderkammer-esque display of shells and coral.